State Trooper Assaulted During Traffic Stop


Major David C. Candelaria

Troop L Commander



On November 17, 2017, at approximately 9:50PM, a New York State Trooper assigned to the Valley Stream Barracks initiated a traffic stop for erratic operation on the eastbound Southern State Parkway in the area of exit 18 (Eagle Avenue), in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Lenox Pascal, age 41, of Freeport, NY.

While the trooper was interviewing Mr. Pascal, he displayed signs of intoxication. After failing standardized field sobriety tests, the trooper attempted to take Mr. Pascal into custody. Mr. Pascal began to physically resist and assaulted the trooper. While the trooper was attempting to restrain Mr. Pascal on the ground, two passing motorists stopped and assisted the trooper with taking Mr. Pascal into custody. The trooper was treated for minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Further investigation revealed that Mr. Pascal’s license was also suspended for a previous DWI conviction.

Mr. Pascal was charged with Felony Assault Second with Intent to Cause Physical Injury to a Police Officer (D-Felony), Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (E-Felony), Driving While Intoxicated Previous Conviction (E-Felony), Aggravated Unlicensed Operator First Degree (E-Felony), Resisting Arrest (A- Misdemeanor), Obstructing Government Administration Second (A-Misdemeanor) and Reckless Endangerment Second (A-Misdemeanor). Mr. Pascal was remanded to Nassau County Detention where he will be held for arraignment at Nassau County First District Court.

New York State Police Major David Candelaria, Troop L Commander, expressed his sincere gratitude to the two Good Samaritans who came to the trooper’s assistance. "This trooper was engaged in a life threatening situation on a heavily travelled parkway. These two Good Samaritans jeopardized their own safety to come to the aid of the trooper."